If we take the Eurasian patent database at face value, we might see three iPhones and two iPads.
We have a new pay-what-you-want deal called the Complete UI/UX Design Lifetime Bundle, a comprehensive collection of design-related training courses. Photoshop, design, UI and UX, web design, and more are covered in eight different training courses. Pay what you want, even a penny, and you’ll get Photoshop, InDesign, And Illustrator 101. Beat the average price, which is currently $8.87, and you’ll get all eight courses. Beat the current Leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Super NES Classic.
Apple’s just released 2018 Touch Bar MacBook Pro is the first with a True Tone display, and that extends to a couple external displays, too.
What better way to spend your weekend than hunting zombies? That’s exactly what you can do with The Walking Dead: Our World. It’s a new iPhone game that uses augmented reality to put the undead front of you, and it’s described Pokémon GO with zombies. The game sends you out—literally—to find zombies to kill…or stop…whatever. Complete your zombie eradications to earn better weapons and gain allies. The Walking Dead: Our World is a free download at Apple’s App Store and includes in-app purchases.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate what Apple could do with a Mac mini refresh versus what they’re likely to do, plus Jeff warms up to the idea of an ARM-based Mac.
In certain situations, the U.S. government plants spy phones on people. In one case, the DEA sold encrypted BlackBerry phones to a suspected cocaine smuggler.
“If the government is distributing, effectively, bugging devices, without sufficient court oversight and authorization, I think that could really have a chilling effect on free expression, if people feel like they have to assume the risk that any phone they’re handed could have been bugged in a way that would violate their rights,” says Human Rights Watch researcher Sarah St. Vincent.
In recent disturbing (but not entirely surprising), it turns out that major media outlets don’t mention climate change. Over a two-week period from late June to early July, ABC, CBS, and NBC aired a combined 127 segments or weathercasts that discussed this summer’s heat wave. But only CBS mentioned climate change as a contributing factor.
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that human-induced climate change is exacerbating both the frequency and intensity of heat waves. Heat domes like the one that caused this recent heat wave are becoming more intense and more common, scientists have found. UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain, who has studied extreme weather patterns in California, said recent heat in California was unusual.
If an algorithm draws lines on a map, is that the same thing as land surveying? A Mississippi court is trying to answer this very question, thanks to a startup called Vizaline.
Since 2014, Vizaline, a startup based in Madison, Mississippi, has provided this very specific service to local banks: drawing polygons on satellite photos. Why would banks want this? Many banks lend money to facilitate real-estate acquisition, and, in this way, the bank can gain a better sense of precisely where this land is in relation to other property.
But Mississippi’s Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors says that it should be the state entity solely responsible for land surveying.
Apple just dropped the subscription price for Texture Premium from US$14.99 to $9.99 per month. Texture the digital magazine subscription service Apple bought earlier this year. The price change is automatic so subscribers don’t need to do anything with their account to make it kick in. Apple told subscribers about the price drop via email, and Harry McCracken shared the news on Twitter.
Texture, now owned by Apple, just got cheaper. pic.twitter.com/lqEekkuDjU
— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) July 12, 2018
The US Department of Justice isn’t hip on the idea of AT&T and Time-Warner merging, so it’s contesting the government’s approval of the deal. The DOJ filed an appeal to overturn the merger approval over concerns it will reduce competition in the pay television market. Experts, however, don’t think there’s much hope for the appeal. CNBC said,
Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson told CNBC’s “Fast Money” that given how decisive [Judge] Leon’s ruling was, there aren’t a lot of obvious arguments the government can make for its appeal. He said, however, that the Justice Department may try push back on the idea that AT&T wouldn’t take into consideration it is an integrated company when it is negotiating programming agreements.
Of course, AT&T and Time-Warner say the merger won’t stifle competition. If the court moves ahead with the appeal and grants a stay that’ll put the whole deal on hold, so it’s a safe bet AT&T is going to fight this in a big way.
Apple has three new short ads showing off Apple Pay Cash. They’re all 15 seconds long and highlight different scenarios where using the feature could be handy.
Apple Music snagged an Emmy nomination in the shortform variety series category for its adaptation of Carpool Karaoke.
Apple announced new MacBook Pros, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what they like (processors and RAM) and what they don’t like (pricing on storage). They also dig into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to reach for a new low.
We have a new Pay What You Want deal called the 2018 Super Mac Bundle. The bundle has 10 Mac apps, including a WhiteSmoke Premium subscription, Disk Drill PRO 3, Aurora HDR 2018 Express, MacX DVD Ripper Pro, Yummy FTP Pro 2, and more. Here’s how the deal work. Pay anything, even a penny, and you’ll get two of the apps. Beat the average price (currently $13.84), and you’ll get all 10 apps.
We take a lot of photos. We upload them. But a study from UC Santa Cruz shows that photographs don’t actually present the truth of the moment: they actually distort it. The effect is called “cognitive offloading.” The linked article explains. “It turns out that photographing gives the photographer significantly less need to encode (i.e. we tend to put more mental stock, if you will, into the photograph that we just took rather than actually encoding the memory ourselves).” Sounds like vacationers need to spend more time gazing and less time photographing.
The original charter of the Mac mini is obsolete. It’s time for the Mac mini to become a more integral part of the Mac family.
macOS Mojave has a new feature that brings it into parity with iOS. You can control ad tracking and reset the Mac advertising identifier.
Talsam is smart jewelry that offers you an intimate way to connect with a loved one. The New York City based team has produced a stylish charm that is designed to enhance your most precious relationships by combining high design with cutting edge technology. Talsam connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth. When its wearer receives a message or animated emoji sent using the Talsam app, the charm lights up like a shooting star to let them know. The wearer can also send an SOS alert that includes their location to an emergency contact by pressing a button on the charm for a few seconds. Talsam is smart jewelry made with fashion in mind. The team spent months carefully constructing every aspect of the charm, to ensure that the end product offers maximum wearability and style. Each of the six charms in the collection is a unique blend of plated stainless steel and semi-precious stone and boasts six Swarovski crystals arranged in the pattern of the Lyra Constellation, a group of stars associated with love and music.
Have you ever wanted a robot gardener? Maybe this new robot can help. It’s not a gardener per se, it’s a robot/plant hybrid that has a plant on its head and chases sunlight to keep the plant fed.
The resulting plant-robot hybrid looks like a leafy crab or a robot Bulbasaur. It moves toward the sunshine when needed, and it retreats to shade when it’s had enough. It’ll “play” with a human if you tap its carapace, and it can even make its needs known by performing a little stompy dance when it’s out of water.
The Apple photo printing service has been discontinued. Previously this was a service in the Photos app on macOS.